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Advisers Urge NIH to Scale Back Chimpanzee Research

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Science  01 Feb 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6119, pp. 501
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6119.501

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Last week, a top-level panel of advisers urged the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to phase out most medical research on chimpanzees in the United States, bringing what many researchers think is the inevitable end to a long and emotional debate. Specifically, the panel’s report said NIH should retire most of the 360 research chimps it owns, end half of 22 research projects, and make sure chimps still being studied are kept in suitable living conditions.